New York City began implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Monday, with Mayor Bill de Blasio warning that those who don’t follow the rules “will face consequences”.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, also known as the Key to NYC, requires people 12 years of age and older to show proof that they have a COVID-19 vaccine for indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor recreation. At least one dose of
Under the mandate, the employees at these places should also be vaccinated. Affected locations include restaurants, bars, nightclubs, catering halls, event spaces, gyms, fitness centres, pools, theatres, museums, aquariums and zoos.
“Look, you have to be safe. Wherever you go — movie theaters, gyms, restaurants — you’re going to be safe,” de Blasio said during a virtual press conference on Monday morning.
“For people who are without vaccination, you have to take this step,” de Blasio continued.
De Blasio announced the mandate in early August and introduced the requirements on August 17.
The mandate requires establishments to put up certain signage and verify customers’ COVID-19 vaccine evidence, such as vaccination records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York City vaccination records, other official vaccination records, vaccinations issued by NYC card. COVID Safe App or Excelsior Pass.
According to the New York City Department of Health, establishments may make some exceptions, such as for outdoor dining, allowing customers to use the bathroom, or for other reasons that would take less time, for example, less than 10 minutes. .
The mayor announced that thirteen agencies would send inspectors to enforce the mandate.
“What we’re going to do is get our inspectors out of 13 civilian agencies,” de Blasio said. “We don’t want to fix people. We don’t have to. We want to fix this and keep moving forward.”
“But I think people have understood by now that we are determined. And if someone doesn’t want to follow the rules that everyone has to follow, of course, there will be consequences,” said de Blasio, a Democrats said.
According to de Blasio’s legal advisor (PDF), an establishment found to be non-compliant could face a fine of up to $1,000. Repeated violations may result in an increase in the fine amount or other enforcement action.
It appears that enforcement is not aimed at customers, but private businesses should call 911 to report emergency or dangerous situations when a customer refuses to cooperate, the counsel said.
The Epoch Times has contacted the mayor’s office for additional comments.
Last month, a group of restaurants sued New York City, calling the mandate “arbitrary, irrational, unscientific and illegal.”
They argued that the new rules would seriously damage their businesses and livelihoods.
De Blasio said in August that he “strongly believes we are in a very strong legal position” with respect to the mandate.
During Monday’s virtual press conference, de Blasio announced that 79.4 percent of the city’s adults—more than 5.6 million New Yorkers—have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s amazing,” declared the mayor.
As of September 13, only 50 percent of adult black NYC residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data provided by the city’s Department of Health website. This means that 50 percent of adult blacks could be denied service under de Blasio’s mandate.
“We have to work with everyone to get them vaccinated, and that’s what we’ll keep doing — over and over again, using mandates, using incentives. The key to NYC is making us fight the Delta version once and for all.” And helps to defeat COVID and move forward as a city,” the mayor said during the briefing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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